Afternoon tea Sunday 16 February 2014

Ever in the search of great flavours and new ideas, I was able to implement a few of my most recent findings on this menu.  Firstly, the cucumber sandwiches were ‘buttered’ with light cream cheese mixed with a hint of basil pesto.  Then, there was the smoked haddock and saffron tart; a sublime combination in my view.  The creamy filling was packed with lots of smoked haddock encased with my light, crispy shortcrust pastry.   Lastly, I  experimented with partnering romesco sauce with the sweet potato & feta fritters.  I thought the fritters would do better with a ‘little something’ along with them and the sauce fitted the bill perfectly.  Old favourites were pulled out for ‘pudding’ with the absolute winner being undoubtedly the cherry bakewell cake from the comments and feedback from my appreciative guests.

Table setting



Tuna with lemon & dill mayonnaise

Mature cheddar with rhubarb & ginger chutney

Finger sandwiches


Smoked haddock & saffron tart

Sweet potato & feta fritters with romesco sauce


Cakes & scones


Truffle torte

Truffle torte & Madeleines

Cherry Bakewell cake

Cherry Bakewell cake

Buttermilk scones with jam & clotted cream



Rooibos (South African Herbal Tea)

Tanganda (Zimbabwean black tea)

Ilam (Nepali)

Decaffeinated Ceylon tea

Earl Grey

English breakfast

Green tea & selection of fruit teas

Cafetière Coffees

Premium roasted ‘Normal’ and Decaffeinated



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